The post you’ve all been waiting for is finally here!
It’s really only been two months since our wedding (July 1), but it feels like it’s been forever. (Hello two vacations and a move across states. Oh and a ton of paperwork to change my name.) And though the day wasn’t exactly a blur like a lot of people said it would be, I do wish I’d written down more things right after the wedding so that I’d remember them.
I think I’ve remembered a good amount of the day, though. So here are the answers to my most frequently asked questions! (And plenty of pictures.)
How was it??
It was good! I was 1,000% over wedding planning and unsolicited opinions at that point, but the day really was a lot of fun. Plus, we hired people to take care of day-of details so we could just relax and talk to people!
Did anything go wrong?
After “How was your wedding?” this seems to be the most frequently asked question. So …
Our hair and makeup appointments went over by 30 minutes, which meant that we didn’t get to the venue until 10:05 am. And the wedding was at 10:30 am. However, we made a game plan in the car for getting to the bridal suite with minimal disruptions, and Patrick (the best man) told me that I walked in like Britney Spears with her posse. So that was funny.
What went right?
Pretty much everything else. Or if it didn’t, someone else handled it before I even heard about it.
What were your favorite moments from the day?
Walking down the aisle. It was a fairly small room, so I really felt like I was walking right through a crowd of our family and friends. And since I didn’t know where anyone was sitting, it was always a surprise to see who was next. It was cool.
During Hannah and Ashley’s joint roast (yep, they used their toast to roast me), Hannah said, “I would say that Naomi is powerful, but I think it’s more accurate to say Naomi is power.”
Dancing! I love dancing at weddings anyway, and at this one, I knew pretty much everyone on the dance floor. So I would move around on the floor and dance with different groups, which was really fun.
At one point during the reception, Matt and I were chatting with people, and my friend MacKinsey walked over to my table, grabbed my mimosa, and handed it to me. She said, “I just thought you needed this.” I still crack up when I think about it.
The bridesmaids and I got our hair and makeup done at a place about 30 minutes away, so we all met in the hotel lobby and drove over together (in my mom’s Volvo station wagon — you know, the ones that look like this #stylish). Everyone was telling stories and talking about the more ridiculous conversations at the rehearsal dinner, and it was a great way to start the day.
Did you cry?
I got a little teary when we said our vows, but the only time I really cried was during the joint toast/roast when Ashley talked about how she didn’t transfer in college, largely because of me.
Were there any particularly funny stories?
Matt and I decided that I’d dance with my dad at the same time he danced with his mom (since it’s really not that interesting to just watch other people dance). My dad and I danced seriously for about 2 seconds, and then we started hamming it up. After a little while, my dad decided that we should call my mom up, and she gave us the dirtiest look when we started motioning to her. (Hilarious.)
Dad also told Matt to call his dad up, and it pretty much devolved from there. I was dancing with both of my parents in a circle, but Matt just stepped away and let his parents dance with each other. So then my dad jumped over and started dancing with Matt. Then our two dads switched places so Dad was dancing with Matt’s mom, Matt was dancing with his dad, and I was dancing with my mom. And then we kept switching.
The DJ finally invited everyone else to join us on the floor, but advised that they dance at their own risk. 🙂
Photos by Julie DiCarlo
Matt pointed out that the toasts at our reception were about us being mean (me) and smelly (him). I guess that’s what happens when your sister, best friend, and brother are given microphones …
Venue: The Inn at Brookeville Farms
Catering: The Inn at Brookeville Farms
Photography: Julie DiCarlo Photography
Hair/Makeup: Alison Harper & Company
DJ: Musical DJs
Dress: Bridal Elegance, altered/upcycled by me
Flowers: Kelly Freshour
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal in plum